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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Police were on the scene of a stand-off in the Shiawassee County community of Laingsburg that lasted about 10 hours early Friday morning.
According to the Shiawassee County Central Dispatch, the standoff took place at a home near the intersection of Phelps and 1st Street.
The situation began around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning when residents heard gunshots in the area.
The suspect, Thomas Kemp, allegedly came out of the house shooting. He hit the window of a Michigan State Police cruiser and then went back inside the home. Kemp then came out of the home a second time and police returned fire, shooting the suspect in the shoulder. The suspect is currently in an area hospital receiving treatment.
Several roads in the downtown area were closed due to the incident.
Armed police surrounded the home as a safety measure and a negotiator was on scene speaking with Kemp to make sure the situation went as smoothly as possible. Kemp's father was also on scene talking to police.
Neighbors allegedly saw Kemp sitting in a chair inside the home with a gun. Neighbors describe Kemp, who is believed to be in his late 40s, as quiet and that he kept to himself.
Laingsburg Public Schools closed all schools for the day as a precaution.
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